Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Huerfano County.
The patient is a 64 year old male. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure. The case is presumptive positive, which means test results haven’t yet been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local health and medical partners have acknowledged that the arrival of COVID-19 to Huerfano County was a matter of when versus if. As a result they have been planning what a local response would look like as well as running through different scenarios.
There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department and its partners will focus their response efforts on slowing the spread of the disease, which will require the community’s assistance. Although more than 80% of people who have contracted COVID-19 have relatively mild illness, there are greater risks for complications among older adults, especially above the age of 60 years, as well as people with pre-existing health conditions.
Identification of the first case in Huerfano County is an important indicator. Health officials are reminding residents and guests that the individual precautions they can take to limit their exposure are the same precautions that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 within the community. These precautions will also help protect people in our community who may be at greatest risk for complications if they get infected.
COVID-19 is spread like the flu. You can help slow the spread of viruses by:
- washing hands frequently with soap and water,
- covering coughs and sneezes,
- staying home when sick, and
- avoiding close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.
Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LAHCDHD is encouraging Huerfano County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at https://www.colorado.gov/la-h-health or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LAHCDHD on Facebook. Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911.